MacFixIt Answers is a feature where we answer questions e-mailed to us by readers. This week, we have questions troubleshooting flash that is not working on a single account, a PowerMac G5 starting up on its own during the night, and a feedback suggestion for managing playlists in iTunes.… Read more
Poor Mark Zuckerberg has an almost-literal meltdown on-stage at All Things D and it makes us wonder: is it time for a grownup to take over there? Or just time for Zuck to throw his privacy boss under the bus? Also, HP doesn't want to make smartphones with its new WebOS toy, the Dell Streak continues to baffle, and hey! Globular rovers!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 1241
Walt and Kara sweat Zuck at D8 http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20006653-56.html http://d8.allthingsd.com/20100602/mark-zuckerberg-session/ http://blogs.forbes.com/velocity/2010/06/02/mark-zuckerberg-great-perspirations/
HP CEO: “We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business” http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/02/hp-ceo-we-didnt-buy-palm-to-be-in-the-smartphone-business/
Dell Streak looks like HTC Evo http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20006644-56.html… Read more
A few users have noticed that over time the amount of free RAM on their systems seems to go down, even if the active RAM size has not changed much. When looking at the System Memory pie chart in Activity Monitor, it's apparent that the "Inactive" memory segment seems to be growing. The question is whether or not this will affect performance, and what can be done about it?… Read more
When Hewlett-Packard ponied up $1.2 billion for struggling smartphone maker Palm, the move was widely seen as a quick way for the PC and enterprise services company to get into the burgeoning mobile device market.
Not so, HP CEO Mark Hurd said Wednesday. At the Bank of America Merrill Lynch technology conference, Hurd said his company has broader plans.
He told the audience that HP did not "spend billions of dollars trying to go into the smartphone business; that doesn't in any way make any sense," according to a ZDNet report.
We didn't buy Palm … Read more
Every now and then, people report that their MacBook or MacBook Pro's screen has turned blank. Sometimes this happens in the middle of working, but other times when the screen will not turn on after a restart or when waking from sleep. There are several reasons as to why this can happen, some of which are software-related, and others that have to do with the hardware.… Read more
Google attached a slightly finer launch window to its Chrome OS software this week, according to reports out of Computex.
Google's Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management and leader of the Chrome OS project, told reporters gathered at the annual hardware industry blowout in Taiwan that the Netbooks or other devices running the operating system would launch in "late fall" of this year. Previously Google had said it planned to launch Chrome OS in the second half of 2010 in time for the holiday season, so late fall isn't that surprising a time frame.
That … Read more
Now that the Facebook "Like" button is all over the darned Internet, it's turning out to be both a privacy nightmare (shocker) and a security risk, to boot. Look for tortured nautical analogies about halfway through the show. In bigger news, though, Steve Jobs takes the stage at All Things D (we dissect) and AT&T makes big changes to its data plan offerings (we debate).Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
A couple of people have noticed that the font sizes in their browsers, particularly Safari, seem to be changing when they are using them. When browsing, the text and some images may seem to zoom in a little. There are two possible reasons for zooming behaviors in OS X. The first is if the browser's own zoom feature has been enabled, and the second is if the system's global zoom feature has been enabled. If you use a MacBook with a trackpad that supports multi-finger inputs, these features may be relatively easy to activate.… Read more
Many times people will read our articles and write in with tips, comments, and suggestions for their approach or solution to the issue at hand, some of which are quite practical approaches that should work for others. We welcome these comments, and hope to include them in future similar articles such as this and our MacFixIt Answers column, to bring you some points in our discussions that our readers might find useful.… Read more
Over time, you can expect a system to start running a little slower than it did when the operating system was fresh. This can be from having more programs installed and running at once, to filling and using more hard drive space, and various settings that may take time to load and interact with each other. For instance, with use the files on the hard drive will get moved around and blocks of data will be less contiguous than they were with a fresh OS installation, leading to slightly increased file access times. While the small performance hits caused by usage over time will not be enough to affect most users, in some situations, you might want to keep the computer running at its optimum speed. Here are some tips for optimizing the system performance in various areas that can affect the speed of the system.… Read more